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The nation’s economy posted its largest job gain in three years in March, while the unemployment rate remained at 9.7 percent for the third straight month. Continue Reading Employers added most jobs in 3 years in March

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Grants offered to avoid layoffs

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Employers in El Paso and Teller counties facing possible layoffs can now take advantage of a new grant program offered through the Pikes Peak Workforce Center. The Incumbent Workers program provides grants for training so that companies can help their employees learn new skills or upgrade existing skills to ensure business competitiveness. Grant funds are… Continue Reading Grants offered to avoid layoffs

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The employment sector for professionals continues to look mixed as executives report recruiting difficulties and the possibility of layoffs. While 10 percent of executives said they plan to increase the number of full-time employees during the second quarter, 6 percent still plan declines. But 82 percent interviewed for the Robert Half Professional Employment Report expressed… Continue Reading Employment news mixed for some professionals

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Staffing employment slowly improving

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Staffing levels are slowly increasing, said the American Staffing Association’s January 2010 index report. Even better, hiring appears to be on the rise in the Pikes Peak region. The national trade organization found that staffing employment was 4 percent higher for January than during the same month a year ago. That news was especially significant… Continue Reading Staffing employment slowly improving

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Seasonal hiring up 42% during 2009

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Retailers added 547,400 seasonal workers between October and December, or a 42 percent improvement over 2008 when holiday hiring fell to a 22-year low, according to employment data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, analysts at Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. determined that after weak hiring in October, retailers picked up the… Continue Reading Seasonal hiring up 42% during 2009

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Facing an increasingly litigious environment, companies are taking extra steps to protect themselves from legal action resulting from layoffs and disputes. They are crafting more severance packages with provisions prohibiting litigation, consulting with attorneys before conducting layoffs, providing outplacement and, in general, doing what they can to reduce the risk of being sued at a… Continue Reading How to structure layoffs without triggering lawsuits

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PacRim to create 50 jobs in Colorado

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A company that supplies digital marketing and advertising is expanding in Colorado, and expects to bring 50 jobs to Denver and Colorado Springs. The company has not yet decided how the jobs will be divided between the two cities. PacRim Digital Media Group Inc. is headquartered in Hawaii, but has embarked on a 13-state expansion.… Continue Reading PacRim to create 50 jobs in Colorado

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Job cuts drop unexpectedly

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WASHINGTON (A.P) – The number of newly laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level since early July, evidence that job cuts are slowing. The Labor Department said Thursday that initial claims for unemployment insurance dropped to a seasonally adjusted 545,000 from an upwardly revised 557,000 the previous week. Wall Street… Continue Reading Job cuts drop unexpectedly

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The bad news: Staffing industry employment was significantly lower in the first quarter of 2009 compared to last year.  The good news: Colorado Springs has been spared the worst declines. America’s staffing companies employed an average of two million temporary and contract workers per day from January through March—down 27.9 percent or 769,000 jobs from the first quarter… Continue Reading Springs staffing industry faring better than nation’s

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Contractors worried about 2010 budget cuts

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In a statement issued by the Associated General Contractors of America last week, construction industry analysts heralded a slowdown in layoffs and an actual increase in hiring in some areas – a direct affect of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. But the organization’s tone changed this week. In a follow-up statement, AGC… Continue Reading Contractors worried about 2010 budget cuts

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